The TEN-T Regulation was adopted in January 2014 and aims at linking the Member States' transport networks and promotes seamless transport chains for passengers and freight.
The TEN-T are trans-European transport networks that shall remove bottlenecks that still hamper the smooth functioning of the internal market and technical barriers such as incompatible standards. They promote and strengthen seamless transport chains for passengers and freight.
The implementation of TEN-T is financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In this Facility, up to €26 billion are earmarked for TEN-T until 2020, which is too tight to help realise all transport projects. By the end of 2014, Member States and European Commission will agree on detailed investment working plans focusing on the most important stretches. These plans will comprise the projects to be implemented and co-financed by the EU (CEF) in the period 2014-2020.
In relation to waterway transport, further deployment of "River Information Services" and "clean fuel infrastructure" are priority actions. Projects regarding inland waterways and ports have been pre-identified for sections in 7 out of 9 "multimodal corridors":
North Sea - Baltic Corridor
Studies & works for better navigability, upgrading waterways, locks and multi-modal connections on the sections Berlin - Magdeburg – Hannover, Mittellandkanal, West-German Canals, Rhine, Waal, Noordzeekanaal, IJssel, Twentekanaal, Amsterdam – Rijnkanaal
Studies, upgrading works and multi-modal connections on the sections Milano – Cremona- Mantova – Porto Levante/Venezia – Ravenna/Trieste
East - Med Corridor
Studies, works for better navigability and upgrading, multi-modal connections on the sections Hamburg – Dresden – Praha – Pardubice, Elbe and Vltava
Rhine - Alpine Corridor
Upgrading, works for better navigability, multi-modal connections on the sections Basel – Antwerpen/Rotterdam - Amsterdam
Upgrading Le Havre-Paris
North Sea - Med Corridor
Studies, upgrading, multi-modal connections on the sections Maas, including Maaswerken, Albertkanaal/ Canal Bocholt-Herentals, Volkerak lock and Kreekrak lock, Krammer lock (and Lock Hansweert), Terneuzen - Ghent, Seine Scheldt, Dunkerque – Lille, Le Havre - Paris, Antwerpen-Brussels-Charleroi, waterways in Wallonia, Mosel locks, Rhône
Rhine - Danube Corridor
Studies, works and multimodal connections on the sections Komárom – Komárno, Main – Main-Donau-Canal, Danube (Kehlheim - Constanța/Midia/Sulina), Sava, Bucharest – Danube Canal